Weekly Book Newsletter
8 September 2010

Reader Giveaway: 'The Girl Who Played with Fire' movie tickets x

Thanks to Murdoch Books and Rialto Distribution, the Weekly Book Newsletter has 20 in-season double passes to give away for the second film in the... Read more

Carey on Man Booker shortlist, Tsiolkas misses out x

Parrot and Olivier in America by Australian author Peter Carey (Penguin) has been shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. However, The Slap by fellow... Read more

Sony launches two new ereaders, announces REDgroup partnership x

Sony has announced the release of two new e-ink ereader devices, due to come to Australia and New Zealand next week, and has also revealed... Read more

Victorian Premier's awards 2010 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards has been announced. The shortlisted works are: The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction $30,000 Parrot and Olivier... Read more

2010 Hugo Award winners announced x

The winners of the 2010 Hugo Awards for science-fiction were announced at AussieCon 4 on Sunday 5 September. Local author Garth Nix delivered the keynote... Read more

MWF celebrates 25 years x

The Melbourne Writers Festival has recorded a 10% increase in the number of tickets sold in 2010 and said the festival had ‘maintained record attendances... Read more

Audience and bookshop sales boost at this year's BWF x

The Brisbane Writers Festival wrapped up on Sunday 5 September after five days of events–and some impromptu African drumming–at the State Library of Queensland. Typically,... Read more

Christchurch Writers Festival cancelled as booksellers recover from earthquake x

The Christchurch Writers Festival, which was due to take place from 9 to 12 September, has been cancelled due to the Christchurch earthquake and its... Read more

'The Politics of Suffering' wins 2010 John Button Prize x

The Politics of Suffering (Peter Sutton, MUP) is the winner of the 2010 John Button Prize. The prize, now in its second year, is for... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2010 winners announced x

The winners of the 2010 Ned Kelly Awards for Australian Crime Writing Awards were presented at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Friday 3 September. Best... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day 2010 x

Last week’s Indigenous Literacy Day was ‘a day to raise major funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project but also marked a dramatic increase in interest... Read more

HarperCollins creates global Voyager imprint x

HarperCollins has announced its US imprint Eos Books will be rebranded as HarperVoyager ‘joining together with the celebrated Voyager imprints in Australia/New Zealand and the... Read more

NZ Booksellers conference: Nielsen figures, Book Month to move to March x

The Booksellers NZ annual conference, held in Auckland from 29 to 30 August was covered in some detail in the Booksellers NZ newsletter The Read.... Read more

In brief x

Dymocks and Murdoch Books partner for design competitionMurdoch Books and Dymocks have announced they are partnering in a cover design competition for Stieg Larsson’s The... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade news stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: will ‘the death of the book’ extend... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week: reviewer Kate Cuthbert speaks to Kimberley Freeman about her new novel Wildflower Hill (Hachette); Eliza Metcalfe says ‘there’s... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas) to Italy (Neri Pozza), Germany (Klett-Cotta) and Portugal (ASA Editores); and... Read more

On tour x

September Jake Adelstein, Scribe (Tokyo Vice: a Western reporter on the police beat in Japan)Joe Bageant, Scribe (Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir)Elif Batuman, Text (The... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It would still be a viable business. It would be a different business if I was doing half of what I’m doing now. And I... Read more

Got news? x

If you’ve got news you think would be of interest to Weekly Book Newsletter readers, let us know by emailing bookseller.publisher@thorpe.com.au

Bestsellers this week x

Katniss Everdeen has survived the hunger games twice against all odds, and she’s not safe after making it out of the bloody arena, because the... Read more

Most Mentioned in 'Media Extra' x

The release of Tony Blair’s memoir A Journey: My Political Life (Hutchinson) has been eagerly awaited both by reviewers and book buyers. In the book, Blair... Read more

Forthcoming Events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Write around the Murray Festival: 8-12 September 2010 Evening with... Read more

Stay in touch with us x

Sign up for The Bookseller+Publisher Newsletter–delivered free to your inbox once a fortnight. You can also follow Bookseller+Publisher online on Twitter, become a Facebook fan or... Read more

RIP Ken McLachlan x

Magazine publisher Ken McLachlan has died, aged 65. McLachlan became a salesman for McGraw-Hill when he moved to Australia from New Zealand in 1966. He... Read more

RIP Raymond Hawkey x

UK graphic designer Raymond John Hawkey has died, aged 80. He influenced the evolution of book covers with his designs of Len Deighton’s titles including... Read more

RIP Vance Bourjaily x

Postwar American novelist and writing professor Vance Bourjaily has died, aged 87. His novels included The End of My Life, Confessions of a Spent Youth,... Read more

RIP Larry Ashmead x

American editor Larry Ashmead has died, aged 78. He worked for several large publishing houses, such as Doubleday, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, where he... Read more



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